Tuition and Financial Aid

The program spans four semesters and costs $10,500 per semester for a total cost of $42,000. Aside from occasional required book purchases, there are no additional costs.

Tuition is the same for all students enrolled in the program, regardless of state residency or citizenship.

Investigate Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Many students enrolled in program receive at least partial tuition reimbursement from their employer. Check to see if that’s a possibility for you.

Companies offering annual tuition reimbursement do so based on calendar year. Therefore, you could qualify for 3 years of employer tuition reimbursement.

If you are eligible for your employer’s tuition reimbursement program, it’s important to understand that although the MS in Biotechnology happens over two academic years (September to May), the program’s four semesters take place across three calendar years (January to December).

Direct support from the M.S. program NOT available

Most students in the program are working full-time as a primary means to pay tuition.

However, students can contact the Office of Student Financial Services to discuss federal loan programs and other lending opportunities. Students interested in financial assistance should call Student Financial Services at (608) 262-3060.

Non-US citizens are not eligible to apply for U.S. federal student loan programs.

All prospective students also are encouraged to search the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) for potential scholarship awards they may be eligible to receive.


tuition cost table
The program is delivered over 2 academic years, however, it extends across 3 calendar years. If your employer offers tuition reimbursement, you’re likely eligible for 3 years of your company’s full annual reimbursement amount.

Important Notice: MS in Biotechnology students are NOT allowed to accept Graduates Assistantships

All students (including international students) enrolled in the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program are not allowed to accept research assistantships, teaching assistantships, project assistantships or other University appointments which grant waivers of tuition and/or academic fees.

Accepting an assistantship or tuition waiver while enrolled in the program may lead to removal of the student from the M.S. in Biotechnology student cohort.

Corporate tuition support is not included in these categories, nor is the waiver of tuition due to veteran status.